Family Guy returns to games

Activision picks up Fox cartoon for gaming treatment, release set for later this year on unspecified platforms.

With the revelation that Tony Hawk and Guitar Hero would be going on an extended hiatus and True Crime: Hong Kong had been canned, Activision created some significant gaps in its release schedule. One of those gaps may be filled by the ample frame of Peter Griffin, as the publisher also confirmed today that it is readying a new Family Guy title for release this year.

The original Family Guy game didn't qualify as "freakin' sweet."

In an investor conference call today, Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg acknowledged the Family Guy project in a list of the company's licensed titles set for release this year, including new installments of Spider-Man, Bakugan, and the Cabela's hunting series. According to Hirshberg, Activision sees all of the licensed titles as "strong franchises with passionate niche audiences that can achieve repeatable and profitable success."

This won't be the first time the Fox cartoon series has found its way into games. In 2006, 2K Games published Family Guy for Xbox, PlayStation 2, and PSP. Developed by High Voltage Software (Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude, Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law), the game featured the original voice cast of the TV series, including series creator Seth MacFarlane.

Activision did not announce a developer for its upcoming take on Family Guy. For more on 2K's effort, check out GameSpot's review.

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RaddaRaddaRadda
RaddaRaddaRadda

In the Guitar Hero/True Crime/Tony Hawk article: "Activision feels only top-tier games can be competitive in today's market." Bakugan and Cabela's Hunting are top-tier games?

XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

The show Family Guy has turned into a pile of trash. This game should result in the same.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

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VirtualTofu
VirtualTofu

Remember when Activision had great games like CoD, Guitar Hero, THUG, Spider-Man, Barnstorming, Pitfall, Laser Blast, Keystone Kapers, and more? I miss Activision of the late 70s, late 90s, and late 00s. Well, they should have good games by the late 10s.

TheTHCGamer
TheTHCGamer

Family Guy peaked at season 3/4 and its just gone down hill since.

DragonessAthena
DragonessAthena

By canceling Guitar Hero, you lost a customer in me, Activision. By canceling Guitar Hero and greenlighting Family Guy games, you make me despise you, Activision. Bad TV show will translate into a bad game.

BAD-C0MPANY
BAD-C0MPANY

Is it going to be called Family Guy of Duty: Black Cops?

ozzman69th
ozzman69th

1st one was dumb i dont expect the next one to be any better family guy is funny games made about family guy suck

snake63
snake63

How about a Grand Theft Auto type with a hot coffee with Quagmire? Oh Yeah giggity giggity.

isshiah
isshiah

a game centered around stewie would rock my socks. although i am not waiting with baited breath.

nparks
nparks

Quote: According to Hirshberg, Activision sees all of the licensed titles as "strong franchises with passionate niche audiences that can achieve repeatable and profitable success." Translation: "Fans are dumb, so we don't have to spend any money actually making a decent game, and they'll still buy whatever we throw out there every year."

nparks
nparks

New Bakugan and Cabela's? Freakin' sweet. That's like the time I thought I was going to see Led Zeppelin's bass player in concert. --cut to scene of pointy-hatted pontiff, pointy-hatted naval captain, and track athlete rocking out on stage--

Daian
Daian

I just wanna rule the world as Stewie. That is all.

ThePowerOfHAT
ThePowerOfHAT

Funny, yes. Playable, hardly. It was a broken, frustrating mess.

vietkevi
vietkevi

Not sure y majority of the ppl on this site are hatin tht GH is being discontinued, It seems to me that every single GH game is the same. Why sell a "similar" game with different tracks for full retail price when all they should've done was made DLC tracks. Which leaves us to the point where everyone is hatin on the idea of a new family guy game when GH was an "over milked" game in its series.

jadefury27
jadefury27

the last one on ps2 and xbox was funny...well funnier than i expected.

Aravesque
Aravesque

now we can get the video game to kill the joke too!

scotwolf
scotwolf

the first family guy game was poor no no no no no noooooooo.. i would love a decent family guy game, has to have proper voices, has to have ireverant, adult, potty humour.hehehehehehehehehe needs to look great. and needs to be made by developer that knows and loves the series. will wait n see

burgeg
burgeg

@shopsD - Absolutely! 100% agree. We need a Hit n Run 2. The first Hit n Run was amazing.

shopsD
shopsD

I want another Simpsons game

Seiki_sands
Seiki_sands

I think a really good game could be made from Family Guy. However, with this motivation of serializing long term profit, the fact that it comes out this year and we don't even know who's developing it, and this being the method Activision sees fit to announce it, suggests to me they probably aren't going to put the care into it that it requires.

mosamania
mosamania

let me get this straight... They canceled True Crime and Guitar Hero...... But they are making a family guy game??? Does this make sense to any of you???

thisranks
thisranks

I have to agree with the negative Activision sentiments here. Shame because i really am a fan of the show.

DarkAngeles
DarkAngeles

You'll have to pay 10 dollars to hear the original voice actors.

Sir-Marth
Sir-Marth

This is just like that time on Family Guy.

KillerBill316
KillerBill316

Activision... (Ugh) I guess somebody has to do it.

Blitz_Fayth
Blitz_Fayth

As much as I love Family Guy, I don't think it needs another game.

Barnman2205
Barnman2205

@BigJohnWV Why, I thought everyone had heard!

mardinn
mardinn

@focus0894 Iguanas don't fly.

Superdude475
Superdude475

Making a new Family Guy game makes as much sense as giving a monkey the keys to an amusement park.

BigJohnWV
BigJohnWV

Please, please, please. Don't do that horrible cel-shaded crap 2K did. Just make a $15 PSN/XBL game with mini-games based on skits from the show. Oh by the way, have you not heard?

focus0894
focus0894

Yez. Yez, Activision. Go forth and cancel your only good games to release this... "Family Guy". I imagine a world without a game coming out once a month just for one fanchise. This world is beautiful.... So beautiful....... Do it. Destroy your own company. I command you at once. Do it while I smile with hate filled amusement, in the shadows, with the burning hatred for you in my eyes... Excellent. *Turns into an Iguana and flies away*

orb_03_2006
orb_03_2006

I might regret it, but I'll buy this new Family Guy game. Even if the gameplay is bad, I'll laugh my head off. I love the humor. I'll buy it.

GnomeGrown
GnomeGrown

So let me get this straight....Activision has canceled Guitar Hero, put Tony Hawk on hiatus and canned True Crime, yet they're making another Cabela's game. And Family Guy?! Anyone else see what's wrong with this picture? And on top of everything, they're laying off over 500 people! Oh how I despise this company

GnomeGrown
GnomeGrown

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Blackbird34
Blackbird34

The only downside is, it's being published by Activision. Personally, I love Family Guy, but it hurts to know I can't buy this game without putting money in Kotick's pocket.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

So they cancel True Crime: Hong Kong and go for this ****??? :?

exedeath
exedeath

If they do it like a version of monkey island, then it would be awesome.

Drakkengoth
Drakkengoth

.... mmaybe, if it stays true to the nature of the show

fightmusician
fightmusician

I like where this is goin'! Giggidy, giggidy, gig-gi-dy!